1321 Beer Bar Opens in Torrance This Friday

Ale braised mussels and clams; the interior of 1321.

Rick Poon PhotographyAle braised mussels and clams; the interior of 1321.

We told you a few weeks ago about 1321, the taproom and restaurant with chef Greg Paul (formerly of The Oaks Gourmet Market) behind the stoves. Now, we have a few more details.

It's opening May 6th, or this Friday. The decor is the faddish rustic-yet-contemporary look i.e. exposed brick and modern booths. There will be more than 50 craft beers available (not sure how many will be on tap). The menu is stocked with smoked short ribs, flatbread, chile and garlic peanuts, ale-braised mussels and, naturally, a burger. Sure, the word "gastropub" has been tossed around an awful lot lately, thanks to a spate of recent openings (The Tripel, The Fat Dog, King's Row, City Tavern), but it seems 1321 is actually trying to earn the moniker.

[Pix after the jump.]

The 1321 burger.

Rick Poon PhotographyThe 1321 burger.

Ques panela frita.

Rick Poon PhotographyQues panela frita.

Prawn cocktail.

Rick Poon PhotographyPrawn cocktail.

El quijote flatbread.

Rick Poon PhotographyEl quijote flatbread.

Chile garlic peanuts.

Rick Poon PhotographyChile garlic peanuts.

Bone-in smoked short ribs.

Rick Poon PhotographyBone-in smoked short ribs.

Chocolate babka French toast.

Rick Poon PhotographyChocolate babka French toast.

The interior of 1321.

Rick Poon PhotographyThe interior of 1321.

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1321 Sartori Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501